Mamie Shepperd, widow of former Texas Secretary of State and Attorney General John Ben Shepperd, died at the Shepperd family farm in Gladewater on January 9, 2015. She was born December 30, 1917 in Yorktown, DeWitt County, Texas.
John Ben Shepperd was appointed by Governor Allen Shivers as Secretary of State in 1950. He was elected to two terms as Attorney General serving from 1953-57. He organized the statewide historical marker program of the Texas Historical Commission and served as the first chairman of the Texas Arts Commission as an appointed volunteer. He was instrumental in the creation of The University of the Texas of the Permian Basin which houses the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute.
John Ben Shepperd and Mamie Strieber met at the University of Texas at Austin and married in 1938 after she graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the U. T. Austin Journalism School. During their 51-year marriage, she was the first-lady to his political, corporate and volunteer leadership roles. After his terms in public office, the family moved to Odessa in 1957.
She held local and state offices in the Texas Democratic Party throughout the 1960s. During Lyndon Johnson's campaign for president in 1964 she was the Chairman of the Ladies for Lyndon West Texas committee. She also joined Lady Bird Johnson on the whistle-stop Lady Bird Special train as it made its way through eight southern states.
She was predeceased by her husband John Ben Shepperd who died in 1990.
Published by Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2015.
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I often thought of Mamie. Tonight I read her obituary on Legacy.com. I noticed she died at the age of 97. My mother, Myrtle Lea Romer, of Henderson also died at 97. I met her when John Ben started the family reunions for his family tree. She was a lovely lady and accomplished many tasks from being a wonderful Mother to active roles in community service.
She will be greatly missed but not forgotten.
Linda Romer Houston, Texas
May 22, 2016
Suzanne, The Brownlow children (Lewis, Becky, Dan) remember your mother so fondly. She was a wonderful person, and a dear friend to our mother. Those were such good times back in the 50's in Austin. We hope your good memories of Mamie give you peace at this time.
January 19, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
January 14, 2015
She was a true Southern lady in every way. Her quiet strength and flawless grace made being around her a joy and a wonder.....Odessa, Gladewater and Texas are better because of her. Thanks you Ms. Shepperd for all you were and all you did. Lanita Akins